In Child Development: Myths and Misunderstanding Second Editions, Jean Mercer uses intriguing vignettes and questions about children and families to guide readers in thinking critically about 59 common beliefs. Each essay confronts commonly held misconceptions about development, encouraging students to think like social scientists and to become better consumers of media messages and anecdotal stories. The book can be assigned to parallel either chronologically or topically organized child development texts. Features and Benefits: Presents 59 short essays about child development that challenge readers to reconsider their pre-conceived notions 14 new essays in the second edition confront topics like language acquisition, adoption, discipline, and nature versus nurture. Includes carefully developed critical thinking questions at the end of each essayOffers examples of research to help students make the connection between research designs and conclusions Intrigues and engages students with the theme of dispelling myths and misconceptions and challenges them to find out if their own beliefs are correct or incorrect.

Toddlers Drop Food on the Floor because they want to make their Parents Mad
Toddlers drop food on the floor because they want to make their parents mad

Twelve-month-old Andrew had a way of infuriating his mother, Annie, at mealtimes. He would eat happily for a while, with Annie spoon-feeding soup or cereal that he couldn't handle by himself. Then he would eat pieces of cheese, cooked vegetables, dry cereal, or toast, polishing them off happily but messily. However, meals ended with a grand climax of throwing things. Whatever was left on the high-chair tray—including leftover spoons covered with applesauce—would go overboard. Andrew obviously did this on purpose, leaning over the side of the chair as he released each object and watching carefully as it bounced, ...

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